Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Dancing Queen! Vintage Inspired Prom Looks

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These days young women are more likely to wear satin jumpsuits, short strapless bodycons and cutting edge separates i.e. crop tops and long maxi dresses to dances. Still, we can’t help but look back wistfully at a time where men asked you out on a date, instead of swiping right on Tinder and it was perfectly reasonable to spend hours titivating in front of the bedroom mirror. While the ages of dressing for dinner, chaperoned visits and high society afternoon teas are long gone. It’s still perfectly possible to capture the timeless elegance of old Hollywood, the glitz and the glamour of the ballroom and the charm and sophistication of proms from yesteryear into a modern prom dress with just a few little tweaks.

Lace And Pearls

Fifties style tea dresses are not only beautiful, elegant and timeless but they’re also still a fantastic alternative to a floor length gown. Not everyone loves wearing heels, or they like to be able to dance properly without falling over their hem. Take your inspiration from the truly stunning lace and pearl creations of the fifties, white gloves are optional, and go for a toe-tapping, skirt whirling dress that can be worn with stilettos, kitten heels, and even pink converse! You’re guaranteed to look amazing, and it’s a beautiful, unique and alternative prom look. There are loads of retro clothing stores that specialize in vintage clothing, plus sweetheart necklines tend to look good on most women. Halter neck or criss-cross straps are easily converted, and you can add, or take away as many of the net skirts as you want.

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Think Pink

Made famous by the movie ‘Pretty In Pink’ girls everywhere immediately wanted Molly Ringwald’s polka dotted, and lace embellished gown. While the gown looked gorgeous in its original form, a beautiful 50’s style dress with detailed shoulders, Molly immediately made the dress her own by putting her stamp on it. If you’re looking for something that looks amazing while showing off your personality and style then head to peaches boutique where they have some gorgeous dresses for prom 2017 in stock. Channel Miss Ringwald herself in a sleek, sophisticated number with cold shoulder sleeves and embrace the rose colored shade yourself. Back in the eighties, any dresses that were vaguely pink, and looked similar to the unique designer gown immediately flew off the rails!

A Rose As Sweet

If you’d attended a high school dance, or formal in the late seventies you wouldn't be able to move for all the floral prints, flower motifs, and tulip shaped sleeves. Flower power was all the rage, and teenagers love the bright, bold colors and loose flowing fabrics that were so different to the restrictive garments of the fifties. Bring blooming bohemia into your outfit by wearing a flower print maxi dress, carry a rose shaped clutch or weaving real, or pop fake flowers into your hair. If you’re after something a little more subtle then why not wear floral jewelry? Look for tiny silver dangling leaf earrings; colorful, flower inspired cocktail rings or a petal necklace.  

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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Ideas & Inspiration For Planning A Retro-Themed Wedding

Your wedding day is about celebrating the love that you and your partner share, in a way that’s personal to the both of you. That’s why, when it comes to planning your impending nuptials and the party that comes after you say I do, finding ways to personalise your big day is a must, which is why picking some sort of theme for your wedding is crucial. With a theme in place, it's much easier to add those cute, quirky, personal touches to your celebrations.

If you’re someone who loves the past and all things retro, then perhaps having a retro-themed wedding could be perfect for you? The great thing about planning this type of day is that you can tailor it to be however you want it to be, it’s just a case of getting the inspiration that you need. Whether you are fifties mad or crazy about the early 1900s, it doesn't matter; you can make your day whatever you want it to be.

So, if you want to find the inspiration that you need to plan the most incredible day, then keep reading.

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Choose a venue that you can dress up

So, like all of the bridal magazines tell you, the first step when planning any wedding should be to choose a venue. Now, when it comes to finding that perfect place, the best advice we can give you is to pick somewhere that you can dress up.

You see, if you’re going to plan a retro wedding, you need a venue that can be easily transformed into your chosen time period. Somewhere that’s already decorated in a certain style will be more difficult to give a retro vibe to, so picking somewhere that’s plain(ish) is probably best.

Get creative with the decor

When it comes to picking the perfect decor for creating a retro look and feel, it’s important to get creative. Don’t just order items off of the internet, try to make as much as you can yourself, or use companies that offer a personalisation service, to give your decor a unique look and feel. Need ideas - Pinterest, We Heart It, and Instagram could be worth having a browse of.

Pom poms, bunting, flowers in jam jars, vintage-inspired signage, lace tablecloths, black and white photos, old suitcases - there are so many simple touches that can give your day that perfect look and feel. Obviously, before you start selecting your decor, it’s important to be clear on what era you want to re-create and what style you want your day to have to it. Otherwise, you could end up with a mismatched day.

Pick the perfect photographer

The chances are that you will struggle to find a photographer who specialises in retro wedding photography. However, what you need to do is find a photographer who has plenty of experience and is flexible, and happy to take your photos in whatever style you want.

It’s important to take the time to look at each photographer’s work to see which style of photography you like best. Remember, each photographer will have his or her own style. If you’ve got some ideas of the types of photos you would like, take them along to any meetings you have with potential photographers to see if they are able to recreate them.

The wheels

You can’t plan a retro wedding only to turn up in a modern mode of transport, that just defies the whole object of theming your day. So, as well as thinking about the decor, the food, the cake, the dress, and photography - the list could go on, you need to think about the wheels and how you and the rest of the wedding party will get to your wedding.

There are plenty of companies that hire out retro cars; it’s just a case of picking the perfect ones. Or, maybe you know someone who owns a collection of vintage cars - maybe you could sweet talk them into lending them to you? For your guests, if you are planning on providing transport, why not hire a vintage bus to get them from A to B?

So, there you have it, ideas and inspiration for planning a retro-themed wedding.